There’s reading about history. Then there’s experiencing history firsthand. And nowhere else provides opportunities to do the latter like Massachusetts.

Here you can stand on the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill; take in the hysteria of the witch trials at the Salem Witch Museum; stroll down the gas-lit cobblestone streets of New Bedford’s historic whaling district and visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum; celebrate democracy at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum; and see firsthand where all of the famous, and infamous, events that helped shape an entire nation took place.

For more information visit The New England Museum Association. A list of more than 400 museums and heritage sites from the New England region and their current exhibits.

  • Plimoth Plantation

  • Salem Witch Museum, Salem

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

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  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture +
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    National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

  • The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library +
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    The Shop at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
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    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • Museum of Our Industrial Heritage +
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    Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

    Greenfield

  • New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center +
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    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    New Bedford

  • Yiddish Book Center +
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    Yiddish Book Center

    Amherst

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate +
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    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

    Boston

  • Cape Ann Museum +
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    Cape Ann Museum

    Gloucester

  • Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation +
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    Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

    Waltham

  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
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    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
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    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • Mattapoisett Historical Society +
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    Mattapoisett Historical Society

    Mattapoisett

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
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    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • Harwich Historical Society at Brooks Academy Museum +
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    Harwich Historical Society at Brooks Academy Museum

    Harwich

  • Keep Homestead Museum +
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    Keep Homestead Museum

    Monson

  • My Art Boston +
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    My Art Boston

    Jamaica Plain

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology +
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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

    Cambridge

  • Fairhaven Academy Museum +
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    Fairhaven Academy Museum

    Fairhaven

  • Millers River Environmental Center +
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    Millers River Environmental Center

    Athol

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